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Michael Davidman (Age 14) — 03/25/12

At 14 years old, (2012),New York City-born pianist Michael Davidman has claimed top prizes at over a dozen competitions, has appeared as soloist with orchestra in performances of some of the most demanding piano literature, has had his own compositions performed, and has been presented before some of today’s most illustrious musicians.

Considered by his teachers and eventually critics since an early age to be prodigiously gifted, Michael was selected to perform for Lang Lang at the age of thirteen. His rendition of Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10 for the internationally renowned pianist was cited by writer-pianist Julian Gargiulo of the cayCompass Journal as "exciting and emotional" as well as "kind and colorful." Lang Lang, himself, praised Michael by saying, "You play beautifully and are technically brilliant."

As part of his precollege study at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, Michael won the First Place in the Manhattan School’s Precollege Concerto Competition on two different occasions: first at age ten, resulting in the performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, and again, at age 12 in the 12-to-15-year-old category, winning the opportunity to perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor with the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Philharmonic Orchestra.

Michael began playing on the competition circuit in 2006 at age eight, just three years after starting his studies. Michael’s overwhelming success on the competition circuit has led to numerous high-profile performances icluding four concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Bechstein Hall, and at Steinway Hall in New York as well as recitals in Italy, Spain, and Russia.

Since 2006, Michael has attended the Manhattan school of Music Precollege Division where he studies piano with Efrem Briskin and conducting with Jonathan Strasser.

Michael presently attends ninth grade at Hunter College High School in New York. He donates his time performing at senior care facilities, hospitals, educational outreach, and fund-raising events. He attends the opera regularly, enjoys Broadway shows, composing and concerts.  This , as of March, 2012.